Weekly Photo Challenge: TODAY


Okay, so the photo theme given on 1st June was ‘Today’, but for me that is 7th:

Today! This week’s theme is a bit different (but you like that, don’t you?) – it’s about TODAY. This day. The day you’re reading and reacting to this post. No rules or guidance on what to post other than the photo must be taken today! Don’t cheat, don’t go into your photo archives on your computer, don’t link to an old post.

This will mean a dash for me onto the front lawn for yet another of my pictures from there.  Sorry, but it is handy!


Anyway, with this one I can give it a slightly new slant.  Do you look at this picture with pleasure, or with horror and revulsion?  A Garden Judge would display the latter.  Here, in the foreground, we have, reading from left to right, Miralbilis jalapa (Four-o’-clocks – Invasive Plant Cat 1(b) – also climbing up the next plant), Dracaena hookeriana (Indigenous; no problem) Canna indica, (Indian shot – Cat 1) and Ricinus communis (Castor-oil plant –  Cat 2).

*sad sigh*  That means I have to go out and do jungle warfare.  With the certainty of insurrection at home, too.  The younger members of the family will wail (particularly in the case of Mirabilis jalapa), ‘But it is pretty!’

Which they are, but only in the late afternoon.


Also today, I have a word picture of our nursemaid uttering horrific cries and tearing at her clothing.  Requests for information regarding her distress were responded to with even louder cries and wails, but no explanation.  It turned out that a small and innocent-looking hairy caterpillar had gone down her front – the remains, after extraction, were not fit to be photographed.  Apparently, though, those hairs cause really severe discomfort!

I simply haven’t had time to post lately, but hope to use some of the accumulation of pictures and stuff from the past week soon.

© June 2012 Colonialist (WordPress)

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Active septic geranium who plays with words writing fantasy novels and professionally editing, with notes writing classical music, and with riding a mountain bike, horses and dinghies. Recently Indie Publishing has been added to this list.
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19 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: TODAY

  1. evea192 says:

    Hey Col. What a view? And just one thing, please keep your cold fronts at bay, we here on the high veld is feeling it and it is not nice *wink*


  2. arkenaten says:

    As you would know, no doubt, there is still a tendency to ignore indigenous flora in favour of ‘overseas’ stuff , and the price we pay is quite high.(not financially, either)
    Give me a totally indigenous garden any day. No hassle and just as pretty, if not more so. Alas, one is also fighting the other members of fam.
    Nice pond, by the way. The waves look very realistic. 😉


    • colonialist says:

      I think there is a respectable middle course. Many of the exotics are a pleasure to have, if decently mixed with indigenous. Also, many of the plants people proudly display as ‘indigenous’ may be so to Africa, but often by no means in the area in which they are planted.
      You won’t believe the complexity of the machinery that goes into generating those waves! 🙂


  3. optie says:

    Oh your poor nursemaid – what an unpleasant experience for her. That view is truly spectacular.


    • colonialist says:

      We really thought she was having a siezure!
      I enjoy the view immensely. I can see it from where I type now, and even from the throne room leading off our bedroom! 🙂


  4. Ruth2Day says:

    what a stunning view. what I wouldn’t do for a view like that Today or any day! 🙂


  5. Colline says:

    I do love the overgrown look though. And that view! To die for!


  6. That, Col, is a world class view. I am drooling.


  7. the happy hugger says:

    Nice pic Col.


  8. adinparadise says:

    Great view, Col. I think that Tarzan would love your jungle too. 😉 What a pretty little flower that Mirabilis is, unlike the remains of your hapless nursemaid’s unwelcome visitor. ;( Yes, I had missed your posts!


  9. melouisef says:

    Ha Mr C this is so you


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